Rows of cherry blossoms can be fascinatingly elegant. Especially, at night and along a river. Kiyamachi Street along the Takase River in downtown Kyoto is one of the city's most popular spots for cherry blossoms and for fine dining. When I walked down the street along the river, one pale pink petal fluttered lightly down. I looked up at the tree. The branches were waving in the breeze. People who walked under the cherry trees or dined along the river with friends or family were all enjoying this wonderful, magical night. And so was I.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。